National epidemiology center rolls out 2023–2025 strategy

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AMMAN National Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases Centre (NEIDC) presented its strategic axes for 2023–2025 on Sunday, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. اضافة اعلان

Speaking at the meeting held at NEIDC's headquarters, NEIDC head Raeda Qutob said that joint efforts have come “a long way” in terms of COVID-19 recovery in the Kingdom.

“The COVID-19 pandemic will not be the last crisis," she added, noting that various public health disasters have broken out globally in the last few years. This, she added, could happen once again at any time.

New disasters with risks that may threaten human lives, infrastructure, and economies, depending on their impact, are a possibility, she added.

Citing the above reasons, Qutob emphasized the necessity of the center.

StrategyThe 2023­–2025 strategy outlines a roadmap for the center and its partner sectors for the next three years, said Qutob. It falls in line with advanced health developments and the NEIDC's importance in dealing with pandemics, diseases, and any threats affecting public health.

The strategy aims to enhance NEIDC's role as an essential body concerned with preparedness to confront pandemics, diseases, and health threats. It also plans to prevent and control their occurrence and mitigate their impacts, the NEIDC said in a statement.

It will also focus on bolstering Jordan's health security and support the availability and integration of high-quality monitoring data to guide national evidence-based public health practices and policies.

The strategy also seeks to support an effective lab network and to back research, development efforts, and capacity-building for public health in disease and pandemics fields, the statement added.

The meeting took place in the presence of the ministers of health, agriculture, environment, water and irrigation, digital economy and entrepreneurship, and the National Centre for Security and Crisis Management.

NEIDC's establishment came in multiple stages and required an "unprecedented" effort, she said. In addition to efforts with workers, the establishment of the center also required cooperation with all concerned ministries.

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